Welcome to the Fauna Figures blog, which is meant to work alongside the Fauna Figures online store.
What is the purpose of the blog and store? Well, I have been an avid collector of modern and prehistoric animal models and figures for as long as I can remember. Since my early days (over 20 years ago!) I have seen some major changes–changes in companies, changes in markets, changes in the collecting community, changes in the underlying science (feathered dinos! Who knew?), and especially changes in quality.
Until recently, I worked in a place where a gift shop was part of my role, and part of that gift shop was finding and bringing in interesting, unique and popular figures representing animals (mostly prehistoric) that reflected the nature of the facility. I got to know several companies and began to understand their motivations, their appeal and how difficult some of them were to find (especially here in western Canada). So when life took a shift on me, I decided I enjoyed that aspect of the collecting hobby too much to just give it up. So here I am, starting an online store that will focus on gathering what I consider some of the more interesting collectables and/or toys of animal figures currently available. There are several great brands currently on the market and my aim is to try and broaden their exposure a bit, while connecting with collectors and their needs. I also encourage parents, educators and anyone with young people in their lives to broaden the proverbial toy shelf-zoo and expose kids to the wide range of life on this planet. The new figures available are great for that–it isn’t just old favourites like lions, elephants, Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops and white sharks (although those are all still pretty cool)–but such unusual creatures as Therizinosaurus, striped hyenas, wolverines, saolas, Megacerops, and wildebeests, to name only a small portion of what’s out there.
I am also going to use this blog to discuss, explore and sometimes justify my broad collection of animal figures from around the world, representing hundreds of different creatures (plus a few plants, microbes and mythological critters). There are some companies in other countries that make amazing figures as well, and I am privileged to have even a few of these (well, more than a few…). I am hoping to someday be able to find a way to make even a few of these available here in Canada as well.
So keep your eyes here, and see what you can add to your personal faunas. Or maybe I’ll just find a way to inspire you to start hunting for something new or unusual that you never knew existed!